you know i wrote a letter to the state a very well written one i might add asking them why the hate offroading so much. And why they dont make a permit or registration that would allow you to go offroad in designated areas for a fee determined by the state. They would make tons of money and it would be good for everyone, guess thats why they wont do it. O ya and they never even replied to my letter.
You are starting to see/feel the frustration that eventually drove me away from such heavy involvement in the sport.
The people that run the Dept of Conservation and Recreation, don't really care about the recreation part as much as the conservation part, unless of course its completely passive that they feel has less of an impact (its a fallacy but I won't get into those numbers) than motorized/mechanized recreation.
Another part in the puzzle is the fact that the green extremist groups have LOTS of passionate people on their side, probably as many as we do... BUT.. they ALL take time to either donate lots of cash or the time to write LOTS of letters. Not only do we as a community spend our money on our trucks instead of sending into national and regional groups to protect our rights but we are also rather apathetic (of course, you see, you fit into the minority by actually taking the time to write). In order to have the same effect thatthe green groups do, we would need to have about 100 letters flooding the entire New England region's, state offices, every month. Thats 100 letters to the MA officials, 100 to CT, 100 to VT, etc.
The last thing that kills us is ourselves.. Those blockheads who feel that they can wheel wherever they want. Who don't care that they're wheeling illegally.
The states look at that and say.. "well, obviously, you (as a wheeling community) can't even police yourselves, how can we trust that you will if we "gave" you places to do it."
This has been stated directly to my face, at meetings throughout New England, over the last 25 years.
Thank you however, for taking the time to write... Its something most don't even consider.
Enjoy the public stuff while you can. It will not be long before its gone.